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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, French, International Relations, Law, Management, Peace Studies, Political Science Housing Options: Apartments, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


BrusselsAs the European Union capitol, Brussels draws an impressive number of diplomats and international institutions; and an ever-deeper range of diverse cultures. A semester at the Brussels, Business, Communication, + Culture Program will provide you with front row seat to examine the political and economic issues of the day, and learn about the latest trends in new media and communications, in a lively and beautiful city. French is the dominant language, though Dutch (Flemish) and English are widely spoken.

Additional Opportunities:

Internships: Get credit and on-the-job experience in communications, business, or international affairs. Write for a weekly European magazine, monitor cases at the UE Court of Justice, or experience working at an accounting firm.  Internships are formalized in Brussels, following interviews and final word from sponsors. Proficiency in a second language is not required.


Courses and Credits

Students take classes at the CIEE Study Center as well as Vesalius College (an international English-language college with courses in business, communications, and international affairs). Students with appropriate skills in French can take classes at the Universite Libre de Bruxelle, Solbosch campus. and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Dutch also taught)
Students take 5 classes (15-18 credits possible) per semester:
  • CIEE core course: Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience (taught in English)
  • 1 Dutch or French language course
  • 3 courses at Vesalius College taught in English, or 2 Vesalius courses and the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.
  • Students can replace one course by an internship.
 For course listing and syllabi go to the Brussels, Business, Communication, + Culture Program and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


Brussels housingHOMESTAYS:  With a limited number of homestays, some students can live with Brussels families, who have a variety of linguistic backgrounds.
MEALS:  Meals are not included in program fees. Host families serve weekday breakfast and evening meals; students are billed for these.
SHARED HOUSING: Students have individual rooms, and share facilities with other students, young professionals or landlords, mostly southeast of central Brussels. First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.
MEALS:  Meals are not included in program fees. Students have access to cooking facilities, or can dine at university cafeterias or local restaurants.



Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, and international insurance for the semester.

2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Fall Total: $26,630
  • Spring Total: $28,130
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE application fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $2,600
  • International Airfare:  $1,150
  • Local Transportation: $500
  • Books & Supplies: $275
  • Visa fees: $420
  • Personal: $2,650


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA 
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018.